Traditional metal braces and Invisalign both work to straighten your teeth. At Belvedere Family Dentistry we have worked together to provide you with information on the two most popular methods, braces vs. Invisalign, to achieve the smiles you want.
How Do Braces Work?
For decades braces have been the traditional form of treatment used by most orthodontists. Traditional braces consist of metal brackets, bands, and wires. The surface of each tooth gets a metal bracket bonded to the tooth. Flexible wires or arch wires hold the brackets together in place. The wires exert pressure on the brackets which gradually move and correct the position of teeth over time. Patients with braces are requested to visit the orthodontist every six to ten weeks, to have the wires tightened and adjusted. The average braces treatment tends to be anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. Once teeth are in the patient’s desired position, braces will be removed. Following the removal of braces, patients are fitted for a removable retainer to help their teeth stay aligned for many years to come.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign straightens patients’ teeth without wires, bands, and brackets. Invisalign is a series of clear, thin, custom-made, removable, tray aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. The aligners are worn every day and are replaced every two weeks. Each tray will feel different because it gradually moves and shifts the teeth to the desired position. You can remove it before eating, drinking, brushing, flossing, and special occasions. Many people don’t realize you’re wearing them because they are virtually invisible. The total treatment time takes around 6 to 18 months to complete. Just like braces, patients are fitted for a removable retainer to wear only at night to help keep teeth aligned.
Both Invisalign and braces work to give you straight teeth and improve your overall smile, but determining which is best depends on your needs and preferences. When determining to go with braces or Invisalign it is important to start with a consultation. That is why we have partnered with Burrow & Welchel to offer orthodontic services in our office. Please reach out to (704) 334-7202 or set up a consult today by emailing us through the link HERE. We look forward to seeing you soon!